© Joseph Dougherty. All rights reserved. Stereolepis gigas Ayres, 1859 Giant Sea Bass aka Black Sea Bass Channel Islands, CA. There are published reports of giant sea bass reaching a size of 2.5 m (8.2 feet) and a weight of up to 255 kg (562 lbs). However, in Charles F. Holder's book The Channels Islands, published in 1910, the author claims specimens taken from the Gulf of California attained 800 pounds (360 kg). In the eastern North Pacific, its range is from Humboldt Bay, California to the Gulf of California, Mexico, most common from Point Conception southward. In the western North Pacific, it is found around Japan. It usually stays in relatively shallow water, near kelp forests, drop offs, or rocky bottoms and sand or mudflats.
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